Tami, Chris. New York City Wills, 1730-1744 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1998.Original data: Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogate’s Office, City of New York, Vol. 3, 1730-1744. Collections of the New York Historical Society, Vol. 27. New York, USA: New York Historical Society, 1895.
Cosmopolitan even in the early 18th Century, New York City was a focal point of the British colonies in America. This database is a collection of will abstracts, originally published in the late 19th Century. In addition to many of the English residents, it also includes many Dutch, Swedish, Danish, and German settlers in the city. Covering the years 1730 to 1744, each record reveals valuable information about the individual, often about family members still living and witnesses to the will. With nearly 5000 records, this collection can be a valuable database for researchers of early New York residents.